Skip to comments.Britons think French deserve their 'negative stereotype': poll
Posted on 10/31/2005 12:08:14 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
Eighty-six percent of people in Britain aged 18 to 30 think the French deserve "a popular negative stereotype," suggests an opinion poll conducted for an Anglo-French art show in London.
That compares to 27 percent of like-aged people in France who felt the British held a negative stereotype of their nation, according to the survey.
The informal poll of 500 people in London, and as many in Paris, was commissioned by the organisers of an Entente Cordiale art show that opened in west London over the weekend. No margin of error was disclosed.
"British people should face up to the fact that they have an enormous problem when it comes to the French," said exhibition organiser Richard Kaye, a Brition resident in France.
"The British will make jokes about the French which would, if made to the detriment of other national or ethnic groups, be considered extremely racist and dangerous."
I guess you shouldn't ask a question you don't really want answered. :)
How can anything we say about the French be "dangerous"? What are they going to do? Throw cheese at us and spray us with whine?
It is wrong to be French!
Calling the French "cheese eating surrender monkeys" is racist AND dangerous?
The French are not a race. They are just a bunch of socialists who are ungrateful, cowardly and arrogant.
Fromage meangeant des singes de reddition. It even sounds funny in their own language.
It is not a problem.
The French are not even slightly sensitive about jokes from the British.
Everyone in France knows that the British are all plump, tart, boring, have bad teeth, and that the sexes become indistinguishable after age 40.
Also, the standard view in France is that all British men are gay.
The former prime minister Edith Cresson made the mistake of actually outright saying that to the press. (She was, of course, a horror.)
From the French perspective, the British making fun is sort of like Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy making fun of WASPs in the USA. Has any WASP ever been offended by a WASP joke?
"How many Frenchmen does it take to defend Paris?"
"Nobody knows. It has never been tried."
Zut alors, mon ami!
Have you never heard a Frenchman say: "I fart in your general direction!"??
Believe me, it a most potent threat!
Yes, and the Frenchies call the Brits "les rosbifs" (the roast beefs) after their favorite food and complections.
How can one insult the French?
"The French are not a race."
Corrent. All the children born 1939-45 are half-German, all the children born 45-55 are half American (and thus mutts of largely Scott, Irish, English, and German with a few others mixed in).
Since 1988, all the children have been of half middle-eastern descent.
Really? I myself wonder just how straight men who refer to potatoes as "apples of the earth" are.
"How can one insult the French?"
With a mirror.
Why are there trees planted along the Champs Elyse?
So the Germans can march in the shade.
It's quite simple, actually.
Remind the French that they are the only people on Earth who actually think that Jerry Lewis is funny.
"Also, the standard view in France is that all British men are gay."
Comes from the boarding school tradition. Might be something to that.